Thomas CLARKE

Male 1605 - 1697  (91 years)


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  • Name Thomas CLARKE  [1, 3, 4
    • Thomas Clarke, who was buried on the hill, in Plymouth, came over in the Anne, in 1623 being then 23 years old.

      He was probably a seafaring man, as well as carpenter. It is recorded that in 1635, he lost a boat worth L15 in a great storm in Eel river.

      He had for his garden plot, in 1623 one acre on the south side of the brook. In 1637, he was the first to volunteer to go against the Piquot Indians. In this roll are Mr. Stephen Hopkins and his two sons, Caleb and Giles. At this date he dwelt at Eel river, and was styled "yeoman."

      In 1642, he was surveyor of Plymouth: in 1651, one of the Plymouth committee. He appears to have been a very active, trading speculating man. In 1629, he bought an acre of land on the south side of the town for 30 pounds of tobacco and the next day sold it to Governor Bradford. He purchased a lot of land at Eel river in 1630, for L10. He resided at Plymouth in 1643 and 58. December 3, 1639, he was fined 30 shillings for extortion, in that he sold a pair of boots and spurs for 15 shillings which he purchased for 10 shillings. Before 1631 he had married Susanna, daughter of widow Mary Ring...

      Mr. Clarke was elected one of the deputies of Plymouth in 1655, and again in 1656....

      March 6, 1654/5, he was presented before the grand jury for taking six pounds for the bare loan of twenty pounds one year, which the jury "conceived to be great extortion, contrary to the law of God and man." At his trial the traverse jury cleared him. It was probably a false charge....



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    • THOMAS CLARKE, PLYMOUTH

      1633
      Took the Freeman's oath.
      Was assessed for the Colony tax, L 4s. 0d.

      1634
      Takes Wm. Shuttle as apprentice for 11 years. At end of tie T.C. was to give him 2 suits of clothes and 8 bushels of corn.

      1637
      Thomas Clarke heads the list of volunteers to act against the Pequin Indians. Is mentioned as Thomas Clarke, yeoman, of Eel river.

      1638
      A tract of land called Slowly Field is granted to Thomas Clarke. he is presented to the Court for stopping the highway to Eel river.

      1639
      Simeon Trott agrees to serve Thomas Clarke for 7 years, he to receive a calf and 12 bushels of corn at end of time.

      1639
      Abraham Perce sold to Thomas Clarke one acre of land lying on ye S. side of ye towne abutting on Hob's hole with one end and bounded on ye one side with the ground of Ralph Wallen, on the other side with common ground, for the sum of 30 pounds of good merchantable tobacco, to him and his heirs forever.

      1639
      Thomas Clarke is fined 30s. for selling a pair of boots and spurs for 15s., which he bought for 10s.

      1641
      He is constable and surveyor of highways for the years 1642, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

      1644
      Thomas Clarke sells 12 acres of land at Duxbury for one Dutch cow, valued at L6.
      Has suit with Matthew Fuller, which Thomas Clarke gains.
      Has a suit with Wm. Powell, which Thomas Clarke gains.

      1648
      Has a suit with -- Gromes, which is settled by Thomas Clarke receiving 14 bushels of wheat and 5 bushels of corn.

      1650
      Thomas Clarke is allowed to draw and sell a cask of strong waters. Is one of the Committee of Plymouth Colony.

      1652
      Is presented for staying and drinking at James Cole's--acquitted.

      1654
      Is on a Committee to raise means to fit out an expedition ordered by the Lord Protector.

      1655
      Is presented to the court for taking L6 for the use of L20 for one year -- acquitted.


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    Born 31 Mar 1605  Ratcliffe, Stepney, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Mar 1696/7  Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4
    Notes 
    • Excerpt from "Certain Comeoverers": The oldest stone on "The Burying Hill" in Plymouth, of purple Welsh slate, bears this inscription: "Here lies buried ye body of Mr. Thomas Clark, aged 98 years. Departed this life March 24th, 1697." If the statement on this stone is true he was born in 1599. His own statement under oath in an instrument signed by him in 1664 is that he was then fifty-nine years old, and consequently born in 1605.
      That Thomas Clark was a man of education and substance and was held in respect by the community is abundantly shown by the public records. In 1632 he was assessed L1 4s. 0d. in the tax list, being among the ten largest taxpayers. In 1633 he took the freeman's oath. In 1634 he indentured an apprentice, William Shuttle, probably to teach him carpentry, since Clark is designated as a "carpenter" in the earlier records and later as a "yeoman," and a "merchant," and finally a "gentleman." About this time, 1634, he married Susanna Ring, a daughter of Mary Ring, a widow, who came over to Plymouth in 1629 with several children. It may be the widow Ring came to the new land on the advice of Mistress Elizabeth Warren. At all events in Mrs. Ring's will, dated in 1633, she gives to "Mrs. Warren as a token of love a woddon cupp." Her son Andrew Ring, the brother of Susan Clark, became "a leading citizen."
      In 1637 Thomas Clark headed the list of volunteers to fight in the Pequot war and presumable saw service. His real estate transactions were numerous, as were his lawsuits.......
      He was also acquitted in 1652 of "staying and drinking at James Coles." From 1641 to 1647 he was constable and surveyor of highways. At one time he was appointed to audit the accounts of the Plymouth Colony. In 1651 and in 1655 he was a Representative to the General Court.
      About 1655 he removed to Boston, where possibly the ideas of a proper rate of interest were less restrictive. At all events he seems to have prospered here as a merchant. His wife, Susanna, had perhaps died before he left Plymouth. In 1664 he married Alice Nichols, the daughter of Richard Hallett, and the widow of Mordecai Nichols of Boston. In 1668 he purchases a wharf and warehouse property "near the lesser drawbridge near Shelter Creek in Boston." He lived in the vicinity of Scottoe's lane. His eldest son, Andrew, married in Boston a daughter of Thomas Scottoe, and in 1673 Thomas Clark conveyed a house and land to his son Andrew on the way "that goeth from the mill bridge to Charles River" which Thomas had acquired under an execution in a suit against the estate of John Nichols.
    Person ID I11805  Main Tree
    Last Modified 6 Nov 2016 

    Family Susanna RING,   b. Between 1605 and 1612 
    Married Bef Jul 1631  Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Children 
     1. Andrew CLARKE,   b. 1635,   d. 1706, Harwich, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [Birth]
     2. James CLARKE,   b. 1636,   d. 28 Feb 1711/12, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [Birth]
     3. William CLARKE,   b. 1639  [Birth]
    +4. Susanna CLARKE,   b. Abt 1641,   d. 28 Sep 1697, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years)  [Birth]
     5. Nathaniel CLARKE,   b. 1643,   d. 31 Jan 1717  (Age 74 years)  [Birth]
    +6. John CLARKE,   b. 1645, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1705  (Age 60 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2016 
    Family ID F09475  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S3601] Cape Cod Library of Local History and Genealogy Vol. 1, Leonard H. Smith Jr.

    2. [S8784] Clarke-Clark Genealogy, Records of the Descendants of Thomas Clarke Plymouth, 1623-1697, Rev. William W. Johnson.

    3. [S03041] RootsWeb: World Connect - Ancestors of Neil Conway by Gary Silverstein.

    4. [S01952] Certain Comeoverers by Henry Howland Crapo.